Hundreds of people lined the streets of Charters Towers in north Queensland yesterday to see 80,000 bats driven from the town.
The sounds of horns, helicopters, gun blasts and even fireworks last night filled the air in Charters Towers to try and scare away a colony of bats that have infested a local park.
The Charters Towers council says it was forced to take the drastic action after other measures did not work.
"The droppings - everywhere - you can't even park your car here for one day."
"It stinks, it smells - some days it's that unbearable you can't open your doors," she said.
But conservationist Priska Sussli says the removal was inhumane, because some bats were too young to fly away.
The council will use the drastic measures every morning and night for the next 10 days and monitor the park to see if the bats come back.